The first of three serious fires in the Catherdral's history took place in 961 or 962. But money for rebuilding was not a problem as the church was supported by the Saxon kings. Edward the Confessor became King of England in 1042 and in 1044 he gave the Bishopric of London to Robert of Jumieges, the first Norman bishop. In 1087, the same year as the death of William the Conqueror, another serious fire took hold within the Saxon Cathedral leading to its destruction. The remains of the old Saxon church were wiped away and construction of a new Norman building using the latest techniques was started under the direction of the Norman bishop, Maurice.